Whale Watching in Del Norte County
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Each winter, thousands of gray whales swim more than 6,000 miles from the chilly waters of Alaska’s Bering and Chukchi Seas to give birth and seek mates in the warm lagoons of Baja California. The whales log an incredible 80 miles each day during their trip, eating little and seldom resting.
Whale watching season in Crescent City peaks in late December and early January and then again in late March for the gray whales’ northern migration back to Alaska. For the best chance of glimpsing a gray whale, grab a pair of binoculars and be on the lookout in the morning or early afternoon, when the sun is at your back. These gentle giants are usually spotted less than five miles offshore in Oregon and Northern California and are easily identifiable by their distinctive V-shaped spout.
The last week in December is designated as Whale Watch Week, when volunteers from Whale Watching Spoken Here will be available at popular whale-watching vistas to answer questions and help visitors spot the migrating whales. A volunteer from Whale Watching Spoken Here will be stationed at 9th St and Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 from 10am until 1pm each day. For more information, visit www.whalespoken.org.